PRESS RELEASE: Leveson 2 cancelled - “Astonishing abandoned promises” says Steven Heffer, Head of Media and Privacy

01 Mar 2018

In the wake of the Government’s cancellation of the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, Steven Heffer, Head of Media and Privacy at law firm Collyer Bristow, and a leading lawyer for victims of phone-hacking, comments:

“It is astonishing that the government is abandoning it promises to victims of the phone-hacking scandal.”

“In 2012, David Cameron made personal promises to the victims of press abuse that the government would implement Leveson. It is a huge disappointment to them that this government has now dropped that completely.”

“At the time of Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry, the government accepted that the system of press regulation was badly broken. Precious little has changed since then, but the government is now content to walk away without fixing it.”

“Part 2 of Leveson should have been a crucial part of examining unlawful actions by media organisations, and improper relationships between journalists and the police. Instead, the whole affair will be swept under the carpet.”

Collyer Bristow acted for all the core participant victims in Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry.


About Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP is a London-based law firm providing a comprehensive range of advisory, transactional and litigation services to commercial organisations and wealthy individuals and families.

1. The firm’s highly experienced lawyers provide expert legal advice in corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, private wealth (including reputation management), and real estate.

2. The firm has an office in Geneva which supports its private wealth and international practices.

3. The firm has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for twenty five years. It supports and promotes artists through its in-house art gallery and independently curated exhibition programme.

4. The firm and many of its individual lawyers are ranked in both Chambers and the Legal 500 directories. 

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Steven Heffer

Partner and Head of Media and Privacy

Collyer Bristow

Tel: +44 (0)20 7468 7211

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